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#1

90

Samsung MC28M6055

12 Reviews
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£187.99

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£390
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
The highest scoring combination microwave available, with low running costs and great features
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#2

90

Samsung MC28H5013A

759 Reviews
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£55.00

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£390
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A very popular and sensationally cheap 1,400W microwave, with satisfactory running costs and marvellous user reviews
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#3

89

Panasonic NN‑SD27HS

29 Reviews
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£98.99

1,000W
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£430
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A very good value for money and positively reviewed 1,000W microwave, with OK running costs and good features
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#4

88

Sharp R372

191 Reviews
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£69.00

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£390
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
The highest rated microwave under £100, with OK running costs and very good features
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#5

88

Sharp R664

64 Reviews
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£59.90

1,000W
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£340
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A top-rated and stunningly cheap 1,000W microwave, with good features and very low running costs
#7

87

Samsung MS28J5255

133 Reviews
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£129.99

1,000W
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£430
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A top-rated and very cheap 1,000W microwave, with moderate running costs and great features
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#8

86

Samsung MC32J7035

10 Reviews
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£175.00

1,400W
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£600
Over 10 years
May 2015
An excellently reviewed and powerful 1,400W microwave, with moderate running costs and a fair price
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#9

86

Samsung MC32K7055CT

6 Reviews
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£195.99

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
An astonishingly highly rated and newly released 900W microwave, with OK running costs and a reasonable price
#10

86

Sharp R360KM

16 Reviews
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£83.98

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
An affordable and very highly rated 900W microwave, with satisfactory running costs and good features
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#11

86

Samsung MS23K3555E

27 Reviews
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£89.00

800W
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£340
Over 10 years
Jan 2017
A very highly rated and low cost 800W microwave, with good features and very low running costs
#12

86

Daewoo KOR8A9R

100 Reviews
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£60.99

800W
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£340
Over 10 years
Dec 2016
A very popular and top-value 800W microwave, with exceptional user reviews and good features
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#13

86

Baumatic BMIC4625

32 Reviews
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£139.99

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A positively reviewed and very popular 900W microwave, with satisfactory running costs and good features
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#14

85

Kenwood K25MW14

50 Reviews
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£89.98

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An excellently reviewed and low cost 900W microwave, with average running costs and very good features
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#15

85

Samsung MC28H5125

287 Reviews
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£139.00

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
A classic and impressive value for money 900W microwave, with moderate running costs and very good features
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#16

85

Sharp R‑372KM

63 Reviews
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£77.98

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
A bargain price and classic 900W microwave, with alright running costs and very good features
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#17

85

Samsung MC32J7055CT

165 Reviews
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£178.00

1,400W
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£390
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A positively reviewed and fully loaded 1,400W microwave, with alright running costs and a reasonable price
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#18

85

Russell Hobbs RHM3003

585 Reviews
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£119.95

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An affordable and positively reviewed 900W microwave, with moderate running costs and very good features
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#19

85

Samsung MC32K7055CK

18 Reviews
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£264.00

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£390
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
The highest review score combination microwave around, with average running costs and a good price
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84

Swan SM22070

39 Reviews
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£74.90

900W
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A top-value and positively reviewed 900W microwave, with satisfactory running costs and good features
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84

Daewoo KOC‑9C0T

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£88.97

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£390
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
A top-value and new 900W microwave, with OK running costs and very good features

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Bosch with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

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Bosch Microwaves 46 £87 - £1,271
90%
2 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 23 £170 - £1,040
90%
1 review
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 31 £50 - £134
88%
5,966 reviews
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Samsung Microwaves 59 £50 - £600
88%
3,162 reviews
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Sharp Microwaves 40 £50 - £700
87%
790 reviews
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Panasonic Microwaves 50 £30 - £489
86%
2,323 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 37 £30 - £1,393
85%
4 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 36 £40 - £166
85%
518 reviews
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Whirlpool Microwaves 43 £115 - £526
79%
199 reviews
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70%
9 reviews
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

In total we found 545 microwaves ranging from £29 to £2,599. On average, a new microwave costs £226 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £60 and £499. The Miele DGM6500CLST is the most expensive microwave that we found at £2,599, and the Panasonic NN-CT579S is the cheapest at only £30.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The average price of Miele microwaves is £966 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands. Miele microwaves range in price from £450 to £2,599.

The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is De Dietrich microwaves with an average price of £745. De Dietrich microwaves range in price from £499 to £999.

KitchenAid microwaves start at £700 and their most expensive microwave costs £700. The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is KitchenAid microwaves with an average price of £700.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 17 expert reviews and 14,357 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Bosch with an average rating of 90%. The second best brand is Neff with 90% and the third best brand is Russell Hobbs with 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 500 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 318 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to microwaves. ao is the third biggest retailer with 238 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We looked at the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any prominent pattern. In April 2017 56 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new microwave releases was October, with 128 new microwaves released that month. 106 new microwaves were released in July 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 6% on average. That means a saving of £13 on a typical £226 new microwave if you wait 6 months before buying.

Microwave Powers

This denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

Comparing all microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 2,800W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 880W to 960W. The HotpointMP 676 IX H has the biggest microwave power. This microwave is a 2,800W microwave and currently retails for £320.98. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the HotpointMP 676 IX H, which is a 500W microwave and is priced at £119.08.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

This is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 8L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 17L to 21L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the ZanussiZKK47901XK, which is a 51L capacity microwave and sells for £409.99. The ZanussiZKK47901XK has the smallest interior capacity. This microwave is an 8L capacity microwave and can be purchased for £63.03.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Colour of Products

We found 329 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most popular colour of product amongst new microwaves. The second most frequently found colour of product amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 307 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured.

Case Designs

Freestanding is the most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 452 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. The second most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is built-in. We found 262 microwaves that are built-in microwaves.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying . For each retailer it shows the total number of where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 252 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 50.4% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.